Stanford to host Cancer Moonshot Summit

The Pleasanton, Calif.-based ValleyCare branch of Stanford Health is hosting a National Cancer Moonshot Summit event on June 29.

The event, which was called for by Vice President Joe Biden, will convene researchers, physicians, scientists, philanthropists, advocates, patients, survivors and community members, while others convene for similar, simultaneous summits at hundreds of institutions around the country. The goal of the summit is to discuss how cancer affects communities and how communities can collaborate to push forward the Obama administration's Moonshot Initiative. It will also include a live stream with Vice President Biden on the overall progress of the Moonshot Initiative, which aims to accelerate scientific progress in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment and to bring those advancements to patients in the next five years.

"The Moonshot cannot be achieved by one person, one organization, one discipline or even one collective approach," Vice President Biden said in a statement. "Solving the complexities of cancer will require the formation of new alliances to defy the bounds of innovation and accelerate the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and — ultimately — a cure. It's going to require millions of Americans speaking up and contributing what they're able. That's what the Cancer Moonshot Summit is all about."

The event will be held at ValleyCare's Regional Cancer Center in Pleasanton and is free and open to the public.


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